What Is a Hero?

From Oliver North, American Heroes: For some, a hero wears a spandex suit and a cape. My heroes wear flak jackets, flight suits, and combat boots. … My tattered old Webster’s defines hero as a “legendary figure … endowed with great strength and ability … an illustrious warrior … a person possessing great courage.” There’s…

“The Collapse of Church Discipline”

Another excellent post by Lee Podles. Despite all the claims that bishops were only concerned with orthodoxy, there has been almost no action against either practitioners or preachers of sexual immorality such as Paul Shanley or the Catholic Theological Society, which has never disowned its infamous book Human Sexuality that advises that until society accepts…

“Perversion of Power” in Dublin

Another report released on sexual abuse by Catholic priests (and cover-up by bishops)–this time in Ireland. From Independent.ie: The Catholic hierarchy in Ireland was granted immunity to cover up child sex abuse among paedophile priests in Dublin, a damning report has revealed. Authorities enjoyed a cosy relationship with the Church and did not enforce the…

To Tell the Truth

When I took my oath as an Army officer, I had to say that I took it freely, “without mental reservation.” What is “mental reservation”? Learn from the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Group Challenges Indianapolis Schools’ Internet Filtering Policy

From Howard Friedman: The Freedom From Religion Foundation last week (press release) wrote to the Indianapolis (IN) school system (full text of letter) complaining that the Indianapolis Public Schools Internet Filtering Policy violates the First Amendment as well as regulations under the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act. Among the nearly 30 categories of website that…

Same Sex Marriage vs. Religious Freedom

Laws permitting same-sex “marriage” are fundamentally an attack on religious liberty. Those advancing them seek to put those religious institutions disagreeing with them out of business. This was clear in Boston and San Francisco, where Catholics were forced out of the adoption business. It’s happening again in Washington, DC.  The animus against Christian teaching is…

Veterans’ Day 2009

Though I elected to keep this blog, posting has dropped drastically due to my very busy schedule. But it is Veterans’ Day, and this year finds me back in uniform after a 15 year break in service. I’m a chaplain in the Texas Army National Guard, serving with 1-149th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion at Ellington Field.…